Ken Starr

American judge and educational administrator

Kenneth Winston "Ken" Starr (July 21, 1946 – September 13, 2022) was an American lawyer and politician. He was a federal U.S. Court of Appeals Judge and a Solicitor General. He was Independent Counsel (which was a special office that investigated government officials) while Bill Clinton was the President of the United States for the Whitewater controversy. He was the United States Solicitor General during the George H. W. Bush administration from 1989 to 1993.

Ken Starr
Starr in 2021
Independent Counsel for the Whitewater Controversy
In office
August 5, 1994 – September 11, 1998
Preceded byRobert B. Fiske (Special Counsel)
Succeeded byRobert Ray
39th Solicitor General of the United States
In office
May 26, 1989 – January 20, 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
DeputyJohn Roberts
Preceded byCharles Fried
Succeeded byDrew S. Days III
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
In office
September 20, 1983 – May 26, 1989
Appointed byRonald Reagan
Preceded byGeorge MacKinnon
Succeeded byKaren L. Henderson
Academic posts 2004–⁠2016
Chancellor of Baylor University
In office
November 11, 2013 – June 1, 2016
Preceded byRobert B. Sloan (2006)
Succeeded byPosition abolished
President of Baylor University
In office
June 1, 2010 – May 31, 2016
Preceded byJohn M. Lilley
Succeeded byLinda Livingstone
Dean of the Pepperdine University School of Law
In office
August 1, 2004 – June 1, 2010[1]
Preceded byCharles Nelson[2]
Succeeded byTom Bost[3]
Personal details
Kenneth Winston Starr

(1946-07-21)July 21, 1946
Vernon, Texas, U.S.
DiedSeptember 13, 2022(2022-09-13) (aged 76)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Other political
Democratic (before 1975)
Alice Mendell
(m. 1970)
EducationGeorge Washington University (BA)
Brown University (MA)
Duke University (JD)

Starr filed the Starr Report, which accused President Clinton of lying in court about having an affair with an intern at the White House.

Starr died at a hospital in Houston, Texas on September 13, 2022 from problems caused by surgery, aged 76.[4]


  1. "TaxProf Blog: Pepperdine Dean Ken Starr Named President of Baylor".
  2. "Ken Starr named dean of Pepperdine School of Law ‹ Pepperdine Graphic".
  3. "TaxProf Blog: Tom Bost Named Interim Dean at Pepperdine".
  4. Kenneth W. Starr, Former Federal Judge and U.S. Solicitor General, Dies at 76

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